Pierre Brasseur

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For the Luxembourgian industrialist, see Pierre Brasseur (Luxembourg).
Pierre Brasseur
Pierre Brasseur en 1961 dans le film Mon frère Jacques par Pierre Prévert.jpg
Pierre Brasseur en 1961 dans le film
Mon frère Jacques
Born Pierre-Albert Espinasse
22 December 1905
Died 16 August 1972 (1972-08-17) (aged 66)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1920–1972
Spouse(s) Odette Joyeux (1935–1945)
Lina Magrini (1947–1961)[1]
Partner(s) Catherine Sauvage (1967–???)

Pierre Brasseur (22 December 1905 – 16 August 1972), born Pierre-Albert Espinasse, was a French actor.

He was the son of actor Georges Espinasse and actress Germaine Brasseur while the latter was married to Albert Brasseur.[citation needed] His grandfather, Jules Brasseur, was an actor as well.[citation needed] The family tradition of using the name Brasseur was continued by his son Claude and his grandson Alexandre.

Renowned for playing outsized characters, Brasseur is probably best known in the anglophone world for his (semi-fictionalised) portrayal of the actor Frédérick Lemaître in Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise, 1945) and as Docteur Génessier (more subdued) in the horror film Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux sans visage, 1960) co-starring with Alida Valli.

On May 30, 1927, Brasseur performed the spoken role of the Narrator in the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus rex.


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  1. ^ "TMP Movie | Pierre Brasseur | Biographie et Filmographie". Laurentpons.com. 1905-12-22. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b "TMP Movie | Pierre Brasseur | Biographie et Filmographie". Laurentpons.fr. 1905-12-22. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 

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